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Two sentenced to prison terms

Published October 18. 2011 05:01PM

Two defendants were sentenced to county prison terms on Monday in Carbon County court. A Slatngton man received a jail term for indecent assault and a Palmerton man for terroristic threats.

Palmerton incident

Justin Lee Greene, 24, was sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to serve seven to one day less 24 months on one count of indecent assault.

Greene was arrested by Palmerton police for an incident that occurred on March 26 in the area of 245 Hazard Road.

Greene entered a plea to the charge in August on the day he was scheduled to go on trial. In a plea agreement the district attorney's office dropped the most serious offenses of rape and involuntary sexual intercourse.

Greene said the sexual acts he was accused of having with a female victim were consentual. However, he did admit that after the girl told him to stop touching her inappropriately, he continued.

The police report indicated that Greene and a friend met the victim at the Palmerton Hotel the night of March 26. They then went back to the victim's apartment where the sexual encounter occurred.

Greene, who was on parole in Lehigh County at the time of the incident, told Webb, "I'm sorry. I made a bad decision going out that evening."

Webb said he was troubled by the fact Greene was on parole at the time of the incident.

In addition to the jail term, Webb ordered Greene to have no contact with the victim, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance on D&A use, submit to a sexual offenders evaluation, supply a DNA sample and make restitution of $1,000 to the Victims Assistance program.

Greene was given credit for 204 days spent in jail on the charges. It was noted he faces sentencing in Lehigh County for a parole violation.

Parking dispute

Daniel D. Colangelo, 53, was sentenced to serve a total of three to 14 months in prison on charges of terroristic threats and persistent disorderly conduct.

He was arrested on April 4 in the area of 305 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton. Police responded to the scene and charged Colangelo with causing damages to a vehicle of Scott Strohl and also threatening him.

Colangelo said the dispute was over a parking space and realizes he should not have taken the matter into his own hands. He told Webb, "I apologize for my actions."

Webb noted alcohol was a factor in the incident.

On summary charges of public drunkenness and criminal mischief Webb imposed total fines of $200 and costs.

He also ordered Colangelo to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, attend anger management counseling, have no contact with the victim, and make restitution of $1,136.80.

He will begin the jail term at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, and was granted work release privileges.

Each defendant must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.

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